Project name: The Ghose Residence
Architect : Gaurav Roy Choudhury Architects
Location: Mantri Lakeview, Off Kanakpura Road, Thallagapura, Bangalore
Design Team: Gaurav Roy Choudhury
Interiors: Interiors Espania
Photo Credits: Sindhur Reddy
Design Period: August ’11 – January ’13
Located in the outskirts of the ever developing metropolis of Bangalore, the Ghose Residence sits on a site overlooking a valley, which was once a lake and which will soon be consumed by construction activity.
The residence looks appealing on the rocky hill, the lush, private greenery inebriating the ‘new urban home’: a paradigm of the escapist urban dichotomy wherein the house opens up to retract, welcomes to dissuade and builds to sustain, wherein GRCA aims to redefines candid architecture through an innovative process of storytelling.
The idea for the residence is based on the typology of insular living, instead of the traditional Indian joint family models; the home actively seeks internal peace and self sufficiency. The structure and the encompassing private spaces are internalized by the brick landscape wall that wraps itself around the home, which also earmarks the physical module.
Rising from the earth, the wall marks the entry into the individual module, accentuating the privacy of the home. Being one with its ideology, the design studio creates various movements that absorb the context, blurring the distinction between the said and the unsaid concepts.
The dichotomy of the insular premise of the house and the concept of escapism that it is based upon is elaborated by its relation to the surroundings. The upper floors of the house transform into two tubes with blocked ends, which reach the brick wall and go beyond it, floating above the valley, in a symbolic manner.
The heavy brick wall continues to rise independently to the light frame of the tubes, the continuous glass gap symbolising their dichotomous relationship.
The family room is positioned in between these two tubes. It overlooks the internal garden, becoming the core of the house. This space allows for a suspension of activity for the intimate family, engaging them in their confines. Overlooking every part of the house, it also invites light and nature, delivering it, making it its purpose of being. The space changes its hues and colours as the day progresses, making it a lively and vital part of the house.
Sought after by most urban, upper class citizens, the Ghose House is an excellent exemplar of the concept of independent module of living. It is a triumphant attempt to elaborate the distinctions between perception and reality.
A young firm, Gaurav Roy Choudhury Architects follows the core ideology of ‘less is more’. Undertaking a limited amount of projects, they believe in facilitating customized and unique solutions for their clients. With the Ghose residence, GRCA has crafted an outstanding paradigm of an existential module for the urban family.
Ground Floor Plan
– Tanvi Naik ,Volume Zero.